If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back is a short film which explores themes of sibling rivalry, time and memory, our relationship to place, and the porous line between childhood and adulthood. It was produced between March 2020-April 2021 including pre-production to post-production. This paper describes and analyzes the filmmaking process for Clara Riedlinger, director. In this paper I will also attempt to put to words the intangibles of that process, including the social dynamics of filmmaking, and larger cultural happenings at the time of production.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Brothers and sisters--Drama; Seneca Lake (N.Y.)--Drama
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CAD)
Riedlinger, Clara, "If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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